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They always hit the brakes when I do it...

Seriously, though, welcome back TK.

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Glad to see you made it. I love the thread title

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Well said.
TK, good that you're O.K.. Are you sure there wasn't a little angel sitting on your shoulder?

Could be. 9 trips out of 10 I'm in California passing through LA down I-5. Could have been me:

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There is no rationale, in fact it's completely irrational but I completely hated what I was doing and was fucking bored to tears. I used to have a cutting edge and lost it. I was dealing with chefs who were pairing trout snouts with Chamomile Beaujolais and suddenly realized the inane silliness that I was involved in. In the end I dreaded getting out of bed. This is a new lease on life and I get to talk in a funny voice on a CB radio.
I can understand the need to change jobs, I was just curious, and this is really none of my business so you can tell me to fuck off, how you selected driving a truck - did you buy one? How do you get work? Just seems like a really serious shift. How are you adapting and how is the family adapting?

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Oh, all right.


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Woo !

Glad you are all right TK -

Since the class 8 truck topic has come up - maybe you or the suicide jockey can answer something for me -

What is the purpose of that air brake "bleed" that always happens when I am beside a tractor & startles the @##$ out of me ???
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Glad you are all right TK -

Since the class 8 truck topic has come up - maybe you or the suicide jockey can answer something for me -

What is the purpose of that air brake "bleed" that always happens when I am beside a tractor & startles the @##$ out of me ???
Heh!! It's actually the air drier that releases moisture buildup in the air storage tanks. In the winter, that moisture would freeze up and you'd really be in a world of shit.

Jim, it's something that I have always wanted to do. I have several friends who are quite successful in the business so I knew about the pros and cons before I dove in. One of them liquidated his fleet to purchase pickup trucks and is now hauling new trailer homes around the country. I got 2 of his tractors for basically a song as truck prices go. I lease one out and drive the other. There are load brokerage firms all around the country who take a small percentage of the freight charge. At some point, I will probably sit in front of the computer all day in panties and a bra doing this myself but right now I'm enjoying the freedom of open road.

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At some point, I will probably sit in front of the computer all day in panties and a bra doing this myself but right now I'm enjoying the freedom of open road.
Of course, we expect your stories to be no less riveting when that day does finally come...
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At some point, I will probably sit in front of the computer all day in panties and a bra doing this myself but right now I'm enjoying the freedom of open road.
Nah, you'd be better off getting back into the music business.

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